I woke up in the morning with my heart pounding. The details of my responsibilities for that day were whirling around in my mind making it unable to focus on any one thing. My soul felt unsettled. How was I going to get it all done today?
Emails, posting to social media, paying my mother’s bills, meeting with one of my ministry leaders for early coffee, a writing project that was overdue, studying for a Hebrew quiz, laundry, finding my desk underneath all the piles of folders, unopened mail, books, and pending projects that had been tossed on it—let alone processing it all. Out of sheer habit, I sat down with God for my morning quiet time with Him.
I read the words of Oswald Chambers:
Are you painfully disturbed just now, distracted by the waves and billows of God’s providential permission, and having, as it were, turned over the boulders of your belief, are you still finding no well of peace or joy or comfort; is all barren? Then look up and receive the undisturbedness of the Lord Jesus…Are you looking unto Jesus now, in the immediate matter that is pressing, and receiving from Him peace?…We get disturbed because we have not been considering Him. When one confers with Jesus Christ the perplexity goes, because He has no perplexity, and our only concern is to abide in Him. Lay it all out before Him and in the face of difficulty, bereavement and sorrow, hear Him say—“Let not your heart be troubled.”1
How is Chambers encouraging us to find peace in our contemporary culture of urgency?